food as medicine

We butchered our first rabbit last week and I finally had time to cook it today! We had it with a kale salad from the garden and an elderflower cordial on ice I made. It was delicious and we just couldn’t believe we finally got to share this moment. I’m really proud of both of us, and I have a deep good feeling about the future and my ability to provide the majority of our food and medicinal needs.

In the zombie apocalypse, there are the people who try to save humanity by protecting lives, those who try by protecting food and medicine, and you, who tries to save humanity from plunging back into the dark ages by trying to save the libraries

You’re on a massive spaceship with what’s left of humanity. It’s the only ship, what’s on the ship is all you have. There are no humans left except for the few thousand people on board.

There are a few Star Trek-style replicators throughout the ship. These produce food, clothing, medicine – all material needs. In order to produce enough for everyone to live comfortably, they require a few hundred people to use stationary bikes for a few hours each week to generate the required energy.

Paradise, right? Enough people are more than happy to spend some time helping the community meet its needs, and many just enjoy the exercise, so there shouldn’t be any problem getting those replicators running!

The trouble is, immediately after boarding the ship, a few people camped out by the replicators and claimed them as their own. Using the resources from the replicators, they have bribed some people to guard them and “their” replicator and beat up anyone who tries to use them.

Now that these people have total access to the replicators, they have total power over who gets food, water, medicine, etc. They demand that everyone on the ship use the bikes every day, all day, or they will not be allowed to eat or drink. (The exception is their enforcers, who are rewarded with more resources for keeping the population in line in a variety of ways.)

Overworking everyone else produces enough energy for the replicator-hoggers to live like kings. They order up luxuries for themselves from the replicators, and eat and drink when and whatever they want. They order up food and throw it away when they decide they don’t want it. Huge piles of objects go unused in their quarters.

They make rules for how everyone else on the ship has to live, under threat of violence from their enforcers. People who can’t or won’t spend all day using the bikes are deliberately allowed to die from hunger and thirst, and the resource-hoarders say it’s because life must be earned.

The resource-hoarders allow the ship to fall into disrepair, and even throw wild parties and break things. Engineers beg to be allowed to effect repairs, but the resource-hoarders refuse, even when warned that in a few years the ship will break down completely and no one will survive. They call the engineers liars and conspirators.

And people just… sort of get used to it. They rationalize it, they say that the resource hoarders work hardest of all because they decide who gets what and when. Even though there are thousands more being forced to work than there are resource hoarders or their enforcers, people are afraid, or don’t want to think about it, or they justify it, or they dream of the day when they can work their way up the ranks of the enforcers and hog resources too. 

And, I mean, it’s not human nature to hoard resources. Most people share their rations and help each other survive as best they can. It’s literally like eight jerks just camping out by the replicators surrounded by guards they bribe with the fruits of everyone else’s work.

But we let them do it. And the idea that we shouldn’t is considered wacky and fringe.

3

Lilacs for enchanted Geechee honey and mustard weed for lunch.  Bluegrass music is sweetly playing in the background to soothe my weary spirit.  I think  today is a good day to manifest magick and gratitude for my Gullah roots.  I’m also wishing all of you beauties a joyous and peace filled day!

How I Came To Food As Medicine

Approximately 2400 years ago, Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Through my own journey over the last 34 years, I have witnessed  the power of nutrition and lifestyle on not only on the body, but also on the mind and the consciousness of myself and thousands of others.

I first began studying about nutrition in 1978, at age 14. I was a fat high school freshman and realized that if I did not lose weight I would never get asked for a date. I began reading about calories, carbohydrates, fats, proteins and exercise. In 6 months my weight went from 180 lbs to 120 lbs and I was hooked as a believer in nutrition.

Fast forward 20 years. I had just finished my fellowship in Nephrology and Hypertension and due to long hours, increased stress and lack of sleep, I found myself 15 lbs heavier than when I started. So, like many Americans I joined a gym. Not any gym, but one owned by a long time successful body builder. He became my trainer and taught me the effects of processed food on the human physique and the effects of white flour, white sugar and soda (both diet and regular), on the muscularity and fat deposition in the body. I watched him change physiques by placing clients, myself as well as others, on whole food diets rich in vegetables and lean proteins coupled with supplements and consistent exercise.

Watching these changes occur lead me to question the ‘How.’ I began studying in earnest the biochemistry and metabolism of all types of food and supplement as well as the effects foods and supplements have on organs, hormones, cell and genes in the body. It was not until 2004, however, that I personally experienced the power of food to cure disease in my own life. I developed pneumonia and was hospitalized and diagnosed subsequently with a vasculitis (an inflammation of the small blood vessels of the body). I was seen by a renowned specialist and offered immunosuppressant medication, but having used these same immunosuppressant medications in my own neprhology practice and having seen the side effects, I opted to try an alternative course. I placed myself on a gluten free 80-100% raw plant based diet and within 6 months my symptoms were gone and my blood work normalized. As an added bonus, the severe endometriosis I had for 15 years also resolved.

I continued to study and have come to understand how food can both trigger inflammation leading to chronic disease as well as stop inflammation and rid the body of disease. Through this blog, I hope to impart information and inspire you to take control of your own health destiny through simple changes.

Lloyd Hall

Meet the man responsible for helping to make the modern preservation of food and other products a reality for billions of people across the world today. While his research helped to combat spoilage and rancidity in food, he earned 59 U.S. patents too. Oh, and also improved the bacon-curing process (you’re welcome for that one). So, what else did he do?

Keep reading

Fleming’s mold wasn’t able to produce penicillin in large enough quantities to be useful. Early researchers had to grow entire forests of mold on every available surface of their laboratory in order to extract enough penicillin to treat one single infection. If scientists found a cure for cancer today, but it took the entire crop yield of Kansas to grow a single dose, would it matter?

Enter Mary Hunt, a lab assistant who worked with penicillin molds. She went shopping at a local fruit market and bought a cantaloupe covered in a strange looking golden mold. She decided to take it back to the lab to test it and found a hitherto undiscovered strain capable of producing 200 times the amount of penicillin. By the next year, hundreds of millions of units of penicillin were being produced in the United States, medical science became radically more effective, and that fruit market probably still kind of sucked.

Regardless, this chain of events allowed the USA to produce 2.3 million doses of penicillin just in time for the invasion of Normandy. They reached over 600 million doses by the end of the war. The rates of death from bacterial infections dropped from 18 percent in WWI to 1 percent in WWII, which allowed the Allied forces to keep their manpower – already in short supply – on the field and engaging the enemy. It may not have won the second World War on its own, but it sure gave the Allies a boost. You’re not reading this in German today because some small-time produce salesman looked at one particularly gross cantaloupe and said, “Eh, some jerk’ll probably still buy this.”

5 Coincidences That Made The Modern World

Thoughts to keep in mind when collecting plants:

1: Do you need it?  Harvest with a purpose or plan in mind, not just for the fun of it.

2: Harvest only as much as you will use and process it as soon as possible (don’t waste it).

3: 1 in 20 rule.  It is ok to harvest a plant if there are 20 others available to maintain the population.

4: Leave Grandmother.  Allow the biggest and best plants to remain so they can continue to propagate the healthiest population.

5: Leave damaged plants or plants with “residents.”  Select quality material for your food and medicine.  If a critter makes it’s home there, choose another.

6: Harvest 1/3 or less of an individual plant (leave some roots) so it can continue to survive and thrive.

7: Harvest with a clean cut so the plant will heal well and continue to survive and thrive.

8: Avoid polluted areas.

9: Offer appreciation and bring positive energy to your harvest.

10: Never put anything in your mouth unless you are 100% sure it is safe to ingest.

11: Look for evidence of other people harvesting in the area. If so, reconsider the plant count you see. Look for the impact. If multiple people are harvesting from a single patch, is it sustainable for the plants?

12: Don’t harvest in shared spaces… in parks, along paths. The beauty of these spaces belongs to everyone, and they deserve to be protected. Go way off the main trail to get what you need.

13: Remember that harvesting plants in state and national parks is almost always illegal. Private property with permission, folks!

The best thing to do is really know the plant you want to gather before you bust out your gathering basket. How long does it take it grow? How does it propagate itself? If you know the answers to those questions you can make informed decisions on how to best decrease your impact. There are certain plants I won’t harvest one bit of unless there’s 50+… Ramps, for example. Ramps are small, but take a long time (40 years) to grow a healthy, stable colony and are at risk of overharvesting.

- Creative Team Kador and Helper Carlos